Blackpool in no rush to appoint new assistant manager after Stuart McCall’s departure

Blackpool will take their time in appointing a new assistant manager following the departure of Stuart McCall last month.

McCall joined the Tangerines in the summer, but just four months into his role left to take up the same job at Sheffield United.

Based in Yorkshire, McCall felt it was too good an opportunity to turn down to work closer to home but also at a club where he had previous connections.

It leaves the Seasiders looking for another assistant manager after Colin Calderwood left at the end of last season to join Northampton Town again in a bid to be closer to home.

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Mike Garrity remains Neil Critchley’s right-hand man at Bloomfield Road and he has more influence on the training ground, with McCall having taken on more of an advisory role at the club.

Neil Critchley was speaking ahead of the Seasiders’ trip to Derby on Saturday and remained calm on the replacement process for his former assistant: “We talk about it and talk about it, it will be an internal process that we will follow, obviously accumulating potential candidates for this mail, but there is nothing on the horizon yet.

“So it will be an ongoing process over the next few days, I think.”

Given the strength and trust Critchley’s current backroom staff have in each other, this will have little short-term effect on their functioning, but the club will continue to draw up a potential shortlist. and work from there.

Elsewhere in Lancashire, former Liverpool academy manager Mike Marsh, who will have worked under Neil Critchley during his time at Melwood, has joined Ryan Lowe’s new staff at Preston North End.

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